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Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 06/21/2006

Thrilled with Chills

By Erin

Summer officially begins today and with it the search for ways to beat the heat. Some of my surefire ways include kicking back with tropical cocktails, small light meals (no paella for me this summer), maximum time outside and plenty of ice cream. Needless to say, I was thrilled to find that I could check off all of my criteria at the Fairmont Hotel's Chillin', Grillin' and Chillin'.

From 5-10:30 p.m. each night of summer, the hotel welcomes sun-lovers to hang out in the courtyard, sip chill cocktails, order from a menu of small bites from the grill and then chill with homemade ice cream.

There are several rum cocktails with tropical names like Berry Me in The Sand, Blue Thai Mojito with blue curaçao and mint basil cilantro syrup and Pom Beach Sidecar. When it comes to food, Chef James Phillips has created mini-versions of several items on Juniper's dinner menu for the alfresco special. Choose three of the six grilled choices including a mini Angus burger, lump crab cake and lamb lollipop, for $12.

The final chill is variety of retro ice cream treats including homemade ice cream bars, sundaes and floats. The bars include a seasonal peach melba sorbet in white chocolate, a tropical coconut and dark chocolate bar, which tastes like a sumptuously frozen Almond Joy, and my favorite (and quite possibly the most retro of all), fudge-filled peanut butter ice cream in dark chocolate coating with swirls of raspberry jelly.

I'm always on the lookout for other summer destinations. If you have something that could possibly beat gourmet ice cream bars under the stars, feel free to send your ideas this way.

--Erin

By Erin  | June 21, 2006; 12:46 PM ET
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